U.S. Model 1816 Bayonet - Original angular socket bayonet made for the US Flintlock Musket, Model 1816 longarm, type most commonly used by infantry soldiers..69 Caliber Socket Bayonet for Model 1816-1828 muskets. "U.S" and "J.B." marked, as well as inspectors marks "68" and "L". Excellent example.
U.S. Model 1816 Bayonets were the true predecessor to the US Model 1855 series bayonet. They are typically American in design, in that they do not have a blade "shoulder." This bayonet was the first American bayonet to include a uniformly ground flute and the first specimen to employ the “T” mortise in the socket. These are attached by fitting them over the barrel muzzle, and fastened into position by means of a T-shaped mortise slot. This bayonet does not employ a locking ring. All mental construction. These were designed to fit the various US manufactures .69 caliber flintlock muskets, converted to percussion in the 1850s, just prior to the Civil War. This bayonet surely saw action during the Civil War. Very nice example.
Inventory Number: BAY 074